In an interview with The Indian Paper, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron returned to the controversy aroused by the song of rapper Youssoupha for the France team and calls for unity a few hours before the start of the Euro.
The song that accompanied the list of the France team for the Euro does not stop talking. After the political world or the president of the FFF, Noël Le Graët, it is the highest levels of the State which react to the controversy. Emmanuel Macron in turn defended Youssoupha, believing that “no one has to use sport or football to convey divisive political messages”.
“I want people who made mistakes to correct them”
“May a singer be proud to carry the France team and the values that go with it, also to evolve himself and realize that what he did was errors, explains the President of the Republic to the microphone from The Indian Paper. I want people who made mistakes to correct them. “
The choice of the rapper to present the list of the Blues had been criticized, in particular because of the liabilities of the singer of Zairian origin. “What binds us is stronger than us, including among women and men with an immigrant background. They have decided to join a nation and its values, he adds. This is what makes us strong. “.
“Whatever the first and last names, (…) it’s our face, it’s our pride”
Regarding the Blues, Emmanuel Macron explains that they must be a vector of unity: “I am delighted that the France team is part of these collective adventures which allow us to move forward and show that, hell, they carry the jersey, they have these two stars, they wear this French rooster “.
“This rooster is Gallic and whatever the first and last names, these young people are today men, concluded the French president. They carry and represent France, it is our face, it is our pride. That all those who do not like them consider that they do not like a part of France “.